A major clampdown and shooting spree around the homes of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) began at nightfall on Friday, 8th August, 2014, few hours before the commencement of the state governorship poll, with armed and masked security agents surrounding and invading their homes with sporadic shootings to strike terror into their households and neighbours.
The Government Reservation Area (GRA) home of Senator Bayo Salami was invaded by armed soldiers and security agents at midnight while the country home of the first civilian Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke was not spared of the assault and invasion.
The entrance gate of Salami’s house was forced open by the hooded security agents who fired sporadically to gain entrance into the sprawling compound to arrest him.
The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the State Secretary of APC, Prince Gboyega Famoodun were also invaded at midnight by armed soldiers.
Already, the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Sikiru Adetona Ayedun; the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Wale Adedoyin; the Executive Secretary of Osogbo Local Government, Mr. Isiaka Faramade; the House of Assembly member representing Obokun and Ilesa State Constituencies, Hon. Femi Fafiyebi and Folarin Fafowora; have all been arrested by armed soldiers and hooded security agents from their homes on Friday night.
APC agents in Ifelodun and Ede South Local Governments have been arrested at the time of distribution of election materials by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while those of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were excluded.
The Ede South Local Government chairman of APC, Alhaji Surajudeen Opalola, was also arrested by the security agents who were led by by the Youth Leader of the PDP in the council area.
Also arrested and whisked to the office of the the SSS was Mr. Sunday Dare a communication expert.
Spokesman of the APC in the state, Kunle Oyatomi, in a swift reaction, said the wave of arrests and intimidation would further deepen defeat of the PDP.
“It is a shame this is happening. This is democracy and our people are resolute on electing the leader they can trust,” Oyatomi said urging the people not allow their morale dampen by the wave of arrests.
According to him, “these arrests were meant to intimidate our people and they have failed. We know these arrests will further strengthened the resolve and determination of our people to vote for their candidate of their choice”.